The 12 best dayhikes in Georgia
05 May, 2016
The 12 best dayhikes in Georgia
Travel enthusiast Jozef from Slovakia, who runs his personal website named Caucasus-trekking.com about Caucasus, has already provided his readers with an extremely helpful article about 7 great treks in Georgia for every type of a hiker. This time the author offers an interesting article and tips regarding 12 best dayhikes in Georgia. Here is what the article says:  "There are people who don´t like camping, heavy backpacks or simply don´t have enough time for multiday treks. And Georgia offers a
plenty of possibilities also for them. Yet, as I wrote in the previous article, it isn´t always easy to find the necessary info online. So let me introduce the list of twelve day-walks, which, by my humble opinion, are amongst the best ones this country has to offer.

Hike to Gergeti glacier

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One of the most popular day hikes in Georgia. It climbs from Stepanstsminda village to the foot of Gergeti glacier covering Mt. Kazbeg. On the way, you will pass beautifully situated Tsminda Sameba church, probably the most famous Georgian landmark.
As its parameter suggest, this walk is ideal for really fit hikers. Walkers with less stamina and more money can start their walk from the church, which is accessible by jeep.

Distance: 22 km
Duration: 9 hours
Elevation gain: 1500 meters up and down

From Mazeri to Mestia through Guli pass
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One of the most popular day hikes in Svaneti, this very demanding walk offers superb views of Ushba mountain. If you are a slow walker and have a tent, you can split it into two days and spend unforgettable time camping by Koruldi lakes.

Distance: 20 km
Duration: 9 hours
Elevation gain: 1400 meters up, 1500 meters down

From Shovi to Buba glacier
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Probably best day walk in Racha (hike to Udziro lake is better, but it´s too far for a day trip). This one climbs from Shovi village to the northeast, towards the Buba glacier. Once you will climb to the alpine meadows, you will enjoy the stunning panorama of surrounding mountains and forests.
If you have a tent, an extra day. and permit from border guards, you can also make the nice 2-day trek here - continue further east to the Tbilisa glacier and return to Shovi by the road leading from Mamisoni pass.

Distance: 17 km
Duration: 8 hours
Elevation gain: 1000 meters up and down

Walk in Truso valley
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Pleasant walk in Kazbegi area in an almost abandoned valley in the direction of South Ossetia. Except the nice nature, there are also interesting travertine formations created by local mineral springs, geyser, ancient towers and abandoned settlements. It is not possible to explore the whole valley without a special permit, you can go only as far as Khetrisi village lies.

Distance: 14 km
Duration: 5 hours
Elevation gain: 200 meters up and down

Hike to Oreti lake
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Tusheti region also has its share of nice day trips. This one starts in Kumelaurta village south of Omalo and climbs to the Oreti lake. The best time to visit it is the early summer when the lake is full of water and nature is in full bloom.
To enhance the experience, you can make this trip also on the horseback - track leading to the lake is quite decent.

Distance: 12 km (roundtrip)
Duration: 6 hours
Elevation gain: 900 meters up and down

Hike to Tbikeli lake
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Tbikeli lake is the jewel of Kintrishi reserve, established to protect its unique flora and fauna. More days are recommended for this walk, but if you are limited on time, you can reach it also as a day trip. In such case, you need to take a jeep to Khino village, sleep there and start walking early in the morning - it’s 12km from the village to the lake. Be prepared for a very humid environment, fifty shades of green and amazing views once you climb above the treeline.

Distance: 24 km (roundtrip)
Duration: 9 hours
Elevation gain: 1000 meters up and down", - The article reads.

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